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    Get ready for ‘Transparent,’ the musical

    Amy Landecker and Gaby Hoffmann in the Amazon comedy-drama series “Transparent.”
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    Amy Landecker and Gaby Hoffmann in the Amazon comedy-drama series “Transparent.”

    After claims of sexual harassment emerged against Jeffrey Tambor, Amazon announced that “Transparent,” the comedy-drama series he has starred in for four seasons, would return for a final season without him.

    Now, show creator Jill Soloway has dropped a little more information about what is to come with “Transparent.” In an interview with the New York Times, Soloway says that no matter what form the end of the series takes — a movie or a full season — there will be a movie-length musical “Transparent” in the mix, due next fall.

    Soloway is developing the musical with sister and show writer Faith Soloway and transgender performer Shakina Nayfack. It’s not too surprising, since the series has included musical elements all along, including Judith Light’s knockout version of Alanis Morissette’s “Hand in My Pocket” at the end of season three.


    Also, in 2017, Faith Soloway created a one-night only cabaret called “Faith Soloway & Friends: Should ‘Transparent’ Become a Musical?” It took place at Joe’s Pub in New York, as did a return engagement that Faith Soloway called “Songs From a Hopeful Musical.” Both versions focused on the experiences of Light’s character, Shelly Pfefferman, as will the TV version.

    “It will hopefully feel like ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ mixed with ‘La La Land’ mixed with ‘Flight of the Conchords’ with something more Jewish thrown in,” Jill Soloway told the Times. “A little ‘Yentl.’”

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